Mar 28 2018

Iraqi coalition threatens to defend territory against Turkey

Abbas al-Bayati, a member of the pro-government State of Law Coalition in Iraq, said the country would take “firm action” against Turkey should it violate its sovereignty to strike at Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants, according to Baghdad Today.

“Turkey cannot cross into Iraqi territories as our country enjoys sovereignty and independence,” Bayati said, according to the newspaper. Any incursion by Turkish troops would constitute a flagrant violation of international laws, he said.

Turkey is threatening to extend an operation against Kurdish militants in Syria to Iraq, citing its rights to self defence under international law. Both Damascus and Baghdad have opposed such incursions saying they threaten their territorial integrity.

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said this week that his country will not mount military operations against Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) fighters in Iraq without obtaining the approval of the government in Baghdad first.